Has Emilio Izaguirre already missed his chance to save Celtic career?

Brendan Rodgers, Manager of Celtic reacts during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 First Leg match between Celtic and Valencia at Celtic Park on February 14, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland,...

Celtic left-back Emilio Izaguirre is out of contract next summer and his dreadful Europa League performance against Valencia could seal his fate.

Celtic's Honduran defender Emilio Izaguirre plays the ball during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg football match between Celtic and Valencia at Celtic Park stadium in Glasgow,...

Emilio Izaguirre has already left Celtic once, bringing an end to a trophy laden seven year spell in Glasgow to sign for Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Fayha in 2017. And, two years on, it seems that history could repeat itself.

The Honduran veteran returned to Parkhead last summer after his ill-fated spell in the Middle East came to an end, signing a 12-month contract with Brendan Rodgers’ side. As it stands, however, it seems unlikely that Izaguirre is going to be handed an extension.



The 32-year-old has played a respectable 16 games in all competitions, although this is mainly due to the injury enforced absence of Kieran Tierney.

But anyone who watched Izaguirre in action during last week’s Europa League defeat to Valencia will suggest that his time at the top level is all but over.

Emilio Izaguirre of Celtic looks on after Celtic concede their second goal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 First Leg match between Celtic and Valencia at Celtic Park on February...

Celtic were well below their best in their 2-0 loss at home to the Spanish giants but Izaguirre was arguably the worst of the lot. He gave the ball away constantly, offered nothing going forward, and played Valencia forward Ruben Sobrino onside for the very avoidable opener just before half-time.

With Tierney returning to full training, Izaguirre’s time in the starting XI is on borrowed time, as is his Celtic career as a whole.

Jonny Hayes impressed at left-back against Kilmarnock on Sunday and Calvin Miller has been tipped for big things, meaning Rodgers is hardly short of alternative options going forward. It would be a major shock if Celtic decided to hand Izaguirre another season in Scotland.

Emilio Izaguirre and Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers are seen at full time during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between St Johnstone and Celtic at McDiarmid Park on February 3, 2019 in...

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